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All at sea: preparing the law for offshore aquaculture in Australia


McPhail, D and McDonald, Jan, All at sea: preparing the law for offshore aquaculture in Australia, Environmental and Planning Law Journal, 38, (3) pp. 204-222. ISSN 0813-300X (2022) [Refereed Article]

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Conflicts with competing coastal uses and climate change impacts are forcing the aquaculture industry in Australia to look offshore for expansion opportunities. Offshore locations avoid local conflicts but require strong governance to ensure that remote operations meet environmental and animal health standards and social expectations. With the economic importance of aquaculture now being recognised in Australia, we examine the preparedness of Australia's laws and policy for offshore aquaculture, using salmon farming off Tasmania as a case study. Four areas for reform are identified - strategic planning to define the future of offshore farming; standards for environmental and animal health protection; a consistent approach to governance; and independent and accountable decision-making processes.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:aquaculture, Offshore, law, Australia
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Environmental and resources law
Research Field:Environmental law
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Adaptation to climate change
Objective Field:Social impacts of climate change and variability
UTAS Author:McDonald, Jan (Professor Jan McDonald)
ID Code:152235
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2022-08-15
Last Modified:2023-02-07

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